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Columbus police officers cleared in altercation with Timothy Davis

The department said the investigation found the officers’ actions were justified.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Division of Police said the officers involved in an altercation of Timothy Davis in September of last year have been cleared after an internal investigation.

The department said the investigation found the officers’ actions were justified.

The incident happened on September 1 in the 1600 block of East Livingston Avenue when plainclothes Columbus police officers attempted to arrest 31-year-old Timothy Davis. Police say Davis had several warrants for his arrest.

A cellphone camera was rolling as Davis wrestled with the officers.

The video shows officers punching and kicking the suspect as they struggle to handcuff him. The officers can be heard repeatedly telling Davis to put his hands behind his back, get down on the ground and stop resisting. 10TV has learned an officer deployed his taser several times but the officer reported it was "ineffective" on Davis.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office tells 10TV Davis was transported to the jail on the Sept. 1 and was admitted to the hospital the next day after complaining he was in pain. Davis' mother, Valerie Davis Johnson, told 10TV last year that her son suffered kidney damage from being kicked.

Officer Joseph Bogard was placed on leave for his comments following an arrest.

Davis was sentenced in May to 30 months in prison for assault and obstructing official business.

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